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We have been running the 31 Day Meditation Challenge in the month of October to highlight mental health awareness day. All meditations are inspired by a deep, heart-felt wish and mission to nourish personal growth for greater social impact. All proceeds that the Sanctuary collects goes to our An Cuan programme, which is designed to break down barriers and make the activities of the Sanctuary accessible to all. When you join the challenge you will receive a 10 min meditation every day to complete whenever suits you.
Jane Negrych – Interview With 97.7 Dundalk FM
Jane Negrych – Interview With 103.2 Dublin City FM
We celebrated the wonderful work of our volunteers last night- facilitators, gardeners, befrienders, office help!
It was totally inspirational and all of us in the Sanctuary are filled with heartfelt gratitude. A deep bow to all who help keep the Sanctuary the beautiful, supportive community that it is. We couldn’t do what we do without each and every one of you who has contributed either through volunteering, donations or simply attending and holding us up.
Deep gratitude to you all ❤️🙏❤️
“We all need to give as well as to receive, and we all know that in small ways, we don’t want to be receiving all the time – we want to give.
That is also true at community and societal level” Richard Titmuss from the Gift Relationship
If you would like to become part of the volunteer team, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Honorary Doctorate Reward For Sr. Stan
On August 24th 2022, Sr. Stan Kennedy was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Limerick for her visionary work as one of Ireland’s leading social innovators.
We are all so proud of her and delighted that we could support her on her special day.
These charities highlight the breadth of her reach as she works tirelessly to reduce homelessness, support the Immigrant Community, foster innovation in the youth and provide mental health resources so that we may all live full meaningful lives as engaged citizens contributing to the cultures we find ourselves in.
Stoneybatter Festival 2022
The Sanctuary is located in Dublin 7 and one of the highlights of our year is the Stoneybatter Festival. It provides the staff with the opportunity to put all work aside, as we share the beautiful grounds and some of the workshops that we run with all who live in the Stoneybatter community and beyond!
This year, we held free yoga and meditation in the field, soundbaths, singing bowl workshops and tours of the Sanctuary. The joy on people’s faces was undeniable and the gratitude in our heart was overflowing. What better way to spend a day than to connect people into nature through the practices of yoga, meditation, creativity and deep relaxation?
The day saw hundreds of people stepping through our door, where they went on to be nourished by the wild daisy meadows that fill our biodiversity field. Another ‘must mention’ is the deep rest that they received from the gentle vibrations of Simone Meschnig and her soundbaths.
We feel so privileged to be a part of the growing, diverse community that is Stoneybatter.
The Dawn Chorus 2022
On International Dawn Chorus Day (May 1st, 2022), the Sanctuary held its 3rd Annual Dawn Chorus event, in which we raised much needed funds for our An Cuan programme. An Cuan helps us move towards Equitable Wellbeing, or making sure that all of our services and courses are available to all, no matter one’s social, geographical or economic position.
At the event, we enjoyed a meditation guided by our Managing Director, Jane Negrych; the Dublin Gospel Choir sang a response to the birds; Fiann O’ Nuallain (Horticultural Therapist, Author and TV Personality) spoke to us about the psychological and neurological benefits of nature and birdsong; and our Property Manager, John Robinson, gave a talk and introduction to our beautiful biodiversity field that holds our labyrinth walks.
To top it all off, our beloved Sr Stan led the group in a Mindful Walking practice through those labyrinths!
It was both inspiring and uplifting to turn our gaze on the natural world and experience nature’s ultimate soundbath, the Dawn Chorus.
A massive bow in gratitude to the Dublin Gospel Choir, Fiann O’Nuallain, Lidl Grangegorman, who provided all the refreshments and all of the community members both online and onsite who joined in to support the work of the Sanctuary.
Thank you also to the staff who made the event such a magical experience.
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